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Natural Connections

Modern life in Scotland is increasingly busy. The connections our ancestors had with nature and the land are being lost. As leisure time shrinks, or is filled with hi-tech experiences, opportunities to experience nature become fewer. And yet it is possible to connect with nature on a day to day basis. All around us, the great web of life continues to hold its shape, and nature continues its eternal cycles. Keep looking, listening, smelling, touching - and keep experiencing natural connections.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Spent the middle of the day walking on the Glennifer and Brownside Braes. Wind and rain meant birds were mostly taking shelter or keeping on the move. However there were several big flocks of mixed corvids (mainly Jackdaws and Rooks) and mixed thrushes (mostly Fieldfares with a few Redwings, accompanied by large numbers of Starlings). A medium-sized, brown, wader-like bird flying across a gorse-covered hillside was probably a Woodcock. Down at Brownside Farm, a field of grass held Fieldfare (c30), Redwing (1), Starling (4), Chaffinch (1), Goldfinch (2) and Pheasant (1) (the latter being a very scarce bird in my area of south west Glasgow). A female Bullfinch was feeding quietly nearby.
Heading home via Dykebar and Hawkhead Woodland, two Coal Tits were singing to eachother near Grahamston and a male Kestrel was on a lampost at the start of the Hurlet.

Glenburn Reservoir (above) and Brownside Farm (below)


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